The Final Cut – What business should Middlesbrough do in January?

With the January transfer window upon us, football fans from all over start to debate who their respective teams should bring in and who they should sell or loan out. This is no different at Middlesbrough with their fans constantly talking about who should come or who should go, so I thought I, being an outsider, should compile a list of the incomings and outgoings that I think should happen at the club.

Dael Fry, a young academy product who has played a few times this season, should go out on loan. To who? I’m not sure but he would gain valuable game time with this option and could maybe find his name on the team sheet come next season if he performed well consistently.

In my opinion, both Boro’s left backs should go as well, Fabio has already handed in a transfer request and will more than likely be going back to Brazil because of family reasons. Then there’s George Friend who is seemingly incapable of being able to defend well at championship level, a far cry from what he once was.

In the midfield there would be a lot of outgoings with Adam Clayton who looks to be heading out of the Riverside, he was clearly not involved in Monk’s plans and hasn’t featured under new boss Tony Pulis. He has been linked to a few championship clubs and he has been recently quoted by a local journalist as saying he would not turn down the opportunity to go to fellow championship club Leeds United.

Adlene Guedioura should be sold to free up some wages and add some money to the transfer budget. Adam Forshaw would be the third central midfielder leaving the club in January meaning that position would be a position that needs to be strengthened. Winger Marvin Johnson who arrived from Oxford United in the summer for £2 million, has failed to impress the Boro faithful with a string of poor performances. He would be someone who I’d look to move on, without loss of money hopefully. Youngsters Marcus Tavernier and Lewis Wing would be loaned out to top end league one sides so they could gain valuable experience of playing football week in week out.

Now onto the strikers. Ashley Fletcher who arrived from West Ham United in the summer has been anything close to the player that Boro fans had hoped and Rudy Gestede, who’s been with the club since last season, should, in my opinion, be sold to free up some wages. He’s very good in the air but he’s not the best when it comes to a passing style of football.

Now time for the players who I think would be very good assets to the club, the names I mention may or may not be realistic, but they’d be very useful additions.

Neeskens Kebano, a tricky pacey winger who plays for Fulham would be someone who I’d look at bringing in if I was the Boro manager. His pace down the line would cause opposition defenders havoc. He started out his career at the mega rich PSG, before spending three years in Belgium and then ending up in the capital with Fulham. He wouldn’t cost too much money and wouldn’t demand very high wages.

An option that is a little more unrealistic is Dwight Gayle but with Leeds United apparently close to signing him in august and interested again this month, it’s clear he’d drop down the championship again, just like he did when he left Crystal Palace for Newcastle in 2016. His goal scoring record for Newcastle speak for itself scoring 26 goals in 50 games which is just over one goal a game, in the championship his goals could be vital.


A good player who could be brought in for the future would be George McEachran of Chelsea, the brother of former Boro loanee Josh. George played every game at the U-17 Euros as England lost the final to Spain on penalties. He’s a left footed player who’d attacking minded and could play in the midfield, as an attacking midfielder or on the right wing.

Ryan Gauld is someone else who Boro could look at bringing him although that would realistically only be a loan deal. He’s a creative midfielder who can play in many roles, he has a good eye for a pass and will create a lot of chances for the Boro strikers.

Do you agree with these opinions? Let us know what you think in the comments below!